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Viral Infections


  • Viruses Manipulate Host Cells by Means of Molecular Mimics
    Viruses have evolved a broad range of strategies that enable them to evade the immune systems of their hosts. A team of researchers at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute at LMU Munich led by virologist Jürgen Haas has been studying a novel, recently discovered mechanism ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Molecular Step to Fending Off Viruses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have determined how a protein that normally latches onto molecules inside cells and marks them for destruction also gives life to the body’s immune response against viruses.The researchers discovered that a certain form of ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Personalizing Medicine to Prevent Pandemics
    What makes some viral infections fatal and others much less severe is largely a mystery. It is thought that a part of the variability can be attributed to differences in how individuals respond to infection.Professor Michael Katze, presenting at the Society for General ...More
    March 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infection Risk Accepted by Most Kidney Transplant Candidates
    Most kidney transplant candidates are willing to receive a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The results suggest that kidney ...More
    March 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Research Team Finds Structure of Swine Flu Virus
    A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and other institutions has solved the structure of a key protein from the virus that caused last year’s “swine flu” influenza epidemic. The structure reveals that the virus shares many features with ...More
    March 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Optimism Boosts the Immune System
    Feeling better about the future might help you feel better for real. In a new study, psychological scientists Suzanne Segerstrom of the University of Kentucky and Sandra Sephton of the University of Louisville studied how law students' expectations about the future affected ...More
    March 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • 40 Percent of Surface Disinfectants Ineffective in Eliminating Viruses that Cause Gastroenteritis
    Some 40 percent of commercial disinfectants used to clean surfaces are believed to be ineffective in eliminating noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for more than half of all foodborne gastroenteritis outbreaks. According to a recent study published by ...More
  • CDC Study Finds U.S. Herpes Rates Remain High
    About 1 in 6 Americans (16.2 percent) between the ages of 14 and 49 is infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), according to a national health survey released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HSV-2 is a lifelong and incurable infection that ...More
    March 10, 2010 Posted in News
  • Viral Infections May be Contributing Factor in Onset of Gluten Intolerance
    Recent research findings indicate a possible connection between virus infections, the immune system and the onset of gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease. A research project in the Academy of Finland's Research Program on Nutrition, Food and Health (ELVIRA) has ...More
    March 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Issues Final Guidance to Boost Development of Cell-based Viral Vaccines
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued final guidance to help manufacturers who are developing safe and effective cell-based viral vaccines to address emerging and pandemic threats.Titled “Guidance for Industry: Characterization and Qualification of Cell ...More
    March 3, 2010 Posted in News